Butler overview

What is Butler?

Butler is Trello's built-in no-code automation tool that automates tasks and workflows on boards. It lets you automate a series of actions on a schedule, based on when a specific action occurs in Trello, or at the click of a button—just create the command you want Butler to execute, and it will automatically react to changes on your boards, handling all manual work for you. 

You can use Butler to perform simple tasks on a single board using basic functionality, like archiving cards or sorting lists or supercharge your Trello workflow by sharing automations with everyone in your team. Butler is available to all Trello accounts at no additional cost, however, it is subject to some quotas and limits that are covered in this article

What is a Butler command?

A Butler command is a single piece of automation, represented as a plain sentence. Butler lets you create the following types of commands:

  • Card Buttons automate workflows on a card level such as adding or removing card labels and archiving cards, by adding a button to the card back.
  • Board Buttons automate workflows on a board level such as reordering cards in lists or creating new lists, by adding a button to the board header.
  • Rules execute actions in reaction to something happening in Trello.
  • Calendar commands execute actions on a regular cadence.
  • Due Date commands trigger actions on a card when its due date matches a specified time.

See also: Creating and managing Butler commands

How to access Butler

There are two ways how you can access automation in Trello—by creating Butler commands from within your Trello board or by going to the Butler directory.

Opening Butler from a Trello board

You can create and manage some Card Buttons directly on a board without the need to go through the Butler directory. The commands are available on the card back in the Automation menu. 

Note: Some Card Button actions aren't available in the Butler menu. To create complex Card Buttons, go to the Butler directory.

You can also automate workflows for Trello lists in the List actions menu, under the Automation section. 

Opening the Butler Directory

Butler directory is where all Butler commands are created and managed. Here you can also add connected apps, such as Slack and Jira, review your account information, and inspect the Usage Log

To open the directory, select the Automation button at the top of your Trello board.

 Alternatively, you can open the directory by going to Show menu > Automation.